Vittorio Storaro

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VITTORIO STORARO was born in Rome on 24 June 1940 and his one of the greatest cinematographers in the world., In 2003, a survey conducted by the International Cinematographers Guild judged Storaro as one of history's ten most influential cinematographers. The son of a film projectionist, Storaro began studying photography at the age of 11. He went on to formal cinematography studies at the national Italian film school, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, when he was 18. Working as a camera operator for many years, he was on his first film as cinematographer for Giovinezza, Giovinezza (Youthful, Youthful) in 1968 which was also the first film in which he was able to express his Figurative-Photographic vision. In 1970, he photographed L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage), the first film directed by Dario Argento.

He has worked with many important film directors, in particular Bernardo Bertolucci, with whom he has had a long collaboration, as well as Francis Ford Coppola and Warren Beatty.

His credits include 1900The ConformistLast Tango in ParisThe Last EmperorDominion: Prequel to the ExorcistApocalypse NowOne From the HeartRedsBulworthThe Sheltering SkyTucker: The Man and His DreamLadyhawkeTango and Goya en Burdeos. He was also cinematographer for a BBC co-production with Italian broadcaster RAI of Verdi's Rigoletto over two nights on the weekend of 4 and 5 September 2010.

Storaro’s first mainstream American film was Apocalypse Now, directed by Francis Ford Coppola in 1979, for which he won his first Oscar. Coppola gave Storaro free rein on the film's visual look and it is regarded by many critics as one of the most visually spectacular films of all time. He has also received Oscars for Reds (1981) and The Last Emperor (1987). Dick Tracy (1990) won him a fourth nomination.

Cinema Academies such as the Italian (DAVID di DONATELLO), English (BAFTA), Spanish (GOYA), American TV (EMMY), and European (CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD) have awarded him Academic recognition for many of his works. He has also received 4 LAUREE HONORIS CAUSA from the 'University of di Lodz in Poland, University of Urbino Accademia di belle Arti in Macerata and Accademia di Belle Arti in Brera. He has also been appointed Ambassador of Image in Rome.

Storaro is widely regarded as a master cinematographer with a sophisticated philosophy largely inspired by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's theory of colors, which focuses in part on the psychological effects that different colors have and the way in which colors influence our perceptions of different situations. With his son, Fabrizio Storaro, he created the Univisium format system to unify all future theatrical and television movies into one respective aspect ratio of 2.00:1. In 2002, Storaro completed the first in a series of books that attempt to articulate his philosophy of cinematography more substantively.

Storaro is known for stylish, fastidious, and flamboyant personal fashion. Francis Ford Coppola once noted that Storaro was the only man he ever knew that could fall off a ladder in a white suit, into the mud, and not get dirty.

He wishes to see Author's Rights recognized for cinematographers worldwide.

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  • Filmography:

    Short Films

        Etruscologia , directed by Giancarlo Romitelli - (1961)
        L'urlo, directed by Camillo Bazzoni - (1965)
        Il labirinto, directed by Silvio Maestranzi - (1966)
        Sortilegio, directed by Luigi Bazzoni - (1966)
        Sirtaki, directed by Luigi Bazzoni - (1966)
        Rapporto segreto, directed by Camillo Bazzoni - (1967)
        Dolce alloggio, directed by Jean Pierre Alias - (1968)
        I grandi naif jugoslavi, directed by Luigi Bazzoni - (1973)
        Arlecchino, directed by Giuliano Montaldo - (1983)
        Le ombre, directed by Gian Maria Volontè - (1983)
        Captain EO, directed by Francis Ford Coppola - con Michael Jackson - (1986)
        Le cose che hai amato di più, directed by Gaetano Morbioli - (2001)
        ENI Gas Italia,directed by Giacomo Battiato - (2001)
        Illy caffè, directed by Francis Ford Coppola - (2002)
        YOU CAN Do it, directed byThomas Krygier - (2002)
        Un euro per un bambino, directed by Leone Pompucci - (2003)

    Theatre

        Kathchen Von Hellbronn, directed by Luca Ronconi - (1972)
        Orestea (di Eschilo), directed by Luca Ronconi - (1973)

    Feature Films

        Giovinezza, giovinezza, directed by Franco Rossi (1969)
        Delitto al circolo del tennis, directed by Franco Rossetti (1969)
        L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo, directed by Dario Argento (1970)
        Il conformista, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci (1970)
        Strategia del ragno, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci (1970)
        Giornata nera per l'ariete, directed by Luigi Bazzoni (1971)
        Addio fratello crudele, directed by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi (1971)
        Corpo d'amore, directed by Fabio Carpi (1972)
        Ultimo tango a Parigi, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci (1972)
        Malizia, directed by Salvatore Samperi (1973)
        Blu gang vissero per sempre felici e ammazzati, directed by Luigi Bazzoni (1973)
        Giordano Bruno, directed by Giuliano Montaldo (1973)
        Identikit, directed by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi (1974)
        Le orme, directed by Luigi Bazzoni and Mario Fanelli (1974)
        Novecento, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci (1976)
        Scandalo, directed by Salvatore Samperi (1976)
        La luna, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci (1979)
        Apocalypse Now, directed by Francis Ford Coppola (1979)
        Agatha, directed by Michael Apted (1979)
        Reds, directed by Warren Beatty (1981)
        One from the Heart, directed by Francis Ford Coppola (1982)
        Ladyhawke,directed by Richard Donner (1985)
        Ishtar, directed by Elaine May (1987)
        L'ultimo imperatore, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci (1987)
        Tucker, un uomo e il suo sogno, directed by Francis Ford Coppola (1988)
        New York Stories, directed by Francis Ford Coppola - episode "Life without Zoe" (1989)
        Il tè nel deserto, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci (1990)
        Dick Tracy, directed by Warren Beatty (1990)
        Writing with Light: Vittorio Storaro - documentary (1992)
        Piccolo Buddha, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci (1993)
        Flamenco, directed by Carlos Saura (1995)
        Taxi, directed by Carlos Saura (1996)
        Tango, no me dejes nunca, directed by Carlos Saura (1998)
        Bulworth, directed by Warren Beatty (1998)
        Goya en Burdeos directed by Carlos Saura (1999)
        Picking Up the Pieces, directed by Alfonso Arau (2000)
        Mirka, directed by Rachid Benhadj (2000)
        Zapata - El sueño del héroe, directed by Alfonso Arau (2004)
        Exorcist: The Beginning, directed by Renny Harlin (2004)
        Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist, regia di Paul Schrader (2005)
        Ciro, episode of All the Invisible Children, directed by Stefano Veneruso (2005)
        L'imbroglio nel lenzuolo, directed by Alfonso Arau (2009)
        Io, Don Giovanni, directed by Carlos Saura (2006/8)
        Flamenco Flamenco, directed by Carlos Saura (2009)
        Parfum d'Alger, directed by Rachid Benhadj (2010)

    TV

        Totò Ye Ye (come operatore)
        Eneide, directed by Franco Rossi (1971)
        Orlando furioso, directed by Luca Ronconi (1975)
        Wagner, directed by Tony Palmer (1983)
        Pietro il Grande (Peter the Great), miniserie tv, regia di Marvin J. Chomsky and Lawrence Schiller (1986)
        Tosca, directed by Brian Large (1992)
        La Traviata a Paris, directed by Pierre Cavassilas e Giuseppe Patroni Griffi (2000)
        Dune il destino dell'universo (Frank Herbert's Dune), directed by John Harrison (2000)
        Caravaggio, directed by Angelo Longoni (2006)
        Io, Don Giovanni , directed by Carlos Saura
        Rigoletto a Mantova, directed by Marco Bellocchio (2010)